Is Coffee Good for You?
Coffee is a popular beverage. According to the National Coffee Data Trends (NCDT), 63% of American adults drink coffee daily. Once suspected to be a cancer-causing agent, the World Health Organization (WHO) has removed coffee from its possible carcinogen list, and coffee can actually have positive health benefits.
A 2015 study in the journal Circulation found moderate coffee consumption (three to four cups daily) was associated with an 8 to 15 percent reduction in the overall risk of death.
Black coffee also contains a number of micronutrients, including potassium, magnesium and niacin.
What coffee does to your body:
- Improves alertness and performance
- Improves physical endurance
- It may also lower the perceived rate of exertion
- May help with cardiovascular disease
- May lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Drinking 3 to 4 cups of coffee daily is associated with about a 25% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, compared to drinking less than 2 cups per day or no coffee at all
- May lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease
- Regular coffee consumption over a lifetime may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease
- May lower the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease
- Moderate coffee consumption may lower the risk for common neurodegenerative conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
- May lower the risk of developing certain cancers
- May inhibit the onset of cirrhosis
- Coffee may inhibit the onset of alcoholic and nonalcoholic liver cirrhosis
- May reduce the risk for depression
- One study found that increased caffeinated coffee consumption corresponded with a decreased risk for depression; more study is needed
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